Ha Na Jang won the HSBC Women’s Champions by four shots over Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum to become the third South Korean after Jiyai Shin (2009) and Inbee Park (2015) to hold aloft the trophy.
The front runner since day two, the World No. 10 saved her best until last, carding a closing 65 four to finish with a total of 19-under-par 269 at Sentosa Golf Club. Jang began the day with a slender one-shot lead over Phatlum but gradually increased the margin with some superb putts.
The nine-time tour champion underlined why she has been the form player all week by eagling the final hole of the tournament, to rapturous applause of the watching fans. One of the original so-called ‘Seoul Sisters’, she celebrated in true style, with an Beyoncé-inspired jig on the 18th green.
The champion, who takes home a winner’s cheque of US$225,000, said: “It’s amazing right now because the last eagle was very fun, very enjoyable, and exciting in my mind. Two wins (this year) right now, (I am) very happy. (The difference this year is) just be patient every
day and practice a little more, and very hard practice.”
Thai star Phatlum completed her campaign with a bogey-free round four-under 68 to finish with a total of 15-under 273. Despite 11 career wins, a first LPGA Tour victory continues to prove elusive for the 26 year-old, but she believes she can take a lot of positives from her efforts this week.
“I played good (this week), a good start to the year, so that’s made me confident. Everything is getting better and better. I now have more experience, and I have new equipment so I can play with more distance,” she said.
Amy Yang finished in third place at 11-under par with Candie Kung, Na Yeon Choi, Chella Choi and Mirim Lee tied in fourth place, one shot further back at 10-under par.
The lone Singaporean in the field, Koh Sock Hwee, completed the week at 10-over in tied-59th place.